John Morales (M+M Mixes) Q&A

johnHow did you first get into remixing and who inspired you to do so?

I got into remixing by the need to want to make the records I loved longer I really didn’t have anyone who inspired me
as there weren’t many people doing it at the time.

Your new compilation: John Morales M+M Mixes Part 3 reads like a who’s who of Dance music. Can you tell us about how you go about compiling the CD’s?

M+M Vol III includes many of my most favorite tunes, it was a process of elimination. From trying to get the recorded sessions from the record companies, mixing them and then getting the mixes approved. But all in all it is filled with some of my all time favorite and hopefully some of yours..

Can you talk us through the process of remixing a track? For example something from the new compilation.

The process for each mix is different for me I usual start with a clean canvas, no presets or templates, I first Focus on the drums and rhythm section, for me it’s very important for the track to really have power, I then work the keyboards, strings or horns and finally but not least I lay the vocals over the top . And tweak it, and tweet it and tweak it. ( lol)

What is your favourite piece of equipment and can you give some background information on your studio?

Don’t know if have a particular favorite. It’s not like it used to be, now days I totally mix in the box or in the computer using Steinberg’s Cubase Digital Workstation which I have used for over 25 years. I occasionally bounce my mix to analogue tape for some warmness.

How do you feel about the quality of song writing today – what importance do you place on vocals in Dance music?

In my opinion I I think that it is sad to say technology has caused music t day to be watered down.  I think vocals are important as they send the message of the song and lyrics.

You inspired you to start Dj’ing, and what for you makes a good DJ?

Now days My inspiration is the desire to continue the legacy of the music I love so much, a good Dj entertains his or her’s audience providing a seamless experience of some of the music they love.

You are currently playing across the globe. Have there been any particular highlights so far?

My highlights are the support and love that the people who have come to some of the gigs have shown to the music I play. It is heartwarming to see that the music I Love has so much support.

morWhat are your plans for the future?

My plans are to continue to spread the word of the music and I thank you for the opportunity to do so.

Hear John Morales next weekend: Sat April 27 at Futura in 2022nq (Manchester)

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Event: Futura… Dj’s Greg fenton & special guest John Morales (2022nq Manchester) Saturday 27 April

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Saturday April 27

10pm – 2.30am

Futura… is a brand new adventure presented by Greg Fenton at Manchester’s premier art space 2022nq. With music from the DJ who has played at all the city’s major nights throughout the nineties: Spice, Most Excellent, Konspiracy, Gltterbaby, Spacefunk, Dry 201, The Hacienda, Paradise Factory, Prague V…

…now returns to join the dots between underground Disco…Chicago House…and Deep House Music 2013. Featuring labels ranging from No.19, Needwant and Culprit through to TRAX, Nu Groove and West End Records…

johnWe are proud to present as our first guest DJ the now legendary producer John Morales. John has not only played at New York’s Limelight and the infamous Studio 54 but his first credited remix was Inner Life’s classic;Caught Up (In A One Night Love Affair) Then alongside Sergio Munzibai as M+M John went on to remix just about everybody from Class Action Weekend to Aretha Franklin, Teddy Pendergrass, Dan Hartman, Candi Staton, and Odyssey amongst many others. Having toured the world as a DJ John now touches down to 2022nq for a special one off appearance to introduce his forthcoming compilation on bbe records: The M+M Mixes Volume 3.

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Entry Price: £5 / £7 / £10

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Minimum Age: 18

Date: 27th Apr 2013 10:00pm
Last Entry: 1:00am

Venue: 2022NQ
20 Dale Street
M1 1EZ